Do you want Jesus?

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I taught a Sunday morning children’s life group a couple weeks ago. This question was posed to the children: “Do you want Jesus?” The context for the question came out of Colossians 1:15-2:3 where Paul exhaled the supremacy of Jesus on parchment. Continue reading “Do you want Jesus?”

When God says “No”

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We’ve told our kids no a hundred times. We’ve said no to those who demand our time. We’ve said no to the unwelcome solicitor at the door. When someone tells us no—it stings. But what if it was God who voiced the nay? Continue reading “When God says “No””

Six ways to transition to your new home

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After a recent walk with my husband, we reminisced over our move from Texas to Tennessee fourteen years. I had accepted the inevitable when my husband was offered a job in Tennessee as it brought us somewhat closer to family, but I felt like a part of me was ripped off. Continue reading “Six ways to transition to your new home”

When life takes you through a roundabout

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Interruptions. They hijack our days. They irritatingly direct us to make a U-turn or choose a different exit on the roundabouts of life.

The powers-that-be constructed a roundabout at the entrance of my subdivision this Spring. The crews closed it down for a week so we were forced to drive out the back end of the neighborhood. It reopened then closed again this past Saturday. I forgot and was forced to do a U-turn and drive in the opposite direction of my desired destination. Continue reading “When life takes you through a roundabout”

Gray areas in the scriptures

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This past week my Bible study group bantered over Romans 14. (Click here to read.) If you want my CliffsNotes on this portion of Paul’s letter, he is telling his readers to defer in love in those matters that are not black and white but gray. Continue reading “Gray areas in the scriptures”

Three takeaways from the Olympics

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I love the spirit of the Olympics. What inspires me even more than the games themselves are the stories behind each athlete. A mountain of obstacles blocks their dream, and they find themselves stuck in deep valleys of pain, injuries and discouragement. Yet in the slogging through the valleys a burning desire for gold remains. Continue reading “Three takeaways from the Olympics”

Looking firsthand into the world of sex trafficking

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Periodically, I want to present people who are following Jesus but take a path different from mine or yours. This week I sat down with Kyla Conlee, a woman of guts and grit, to delve deeper into the epidemic problem of sex trafficking here in the United States. Warning: Because of the nature of the subject this post includes the honest and brutal realities of working on the front line of sex trafficking. Continue reading “Looking firsthand into the world of sex trafficking”